Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Double Major - English Literature and Art History

Double major

Programme Type


The Double Major Programme is a four-year direct honours degree programme. Undergraduate students will read two majors chosen from among the disciplinary strengths of the four schools in the College, namely, the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM), the School of Humanities (SoH), the School of Social Sciences (SSS), and the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI).
Unlike the existing single discipline-based degrees, this degree will feature two distinct majors within an innovative new structure. As such this is a fully conceived double-disciplinary degree. Students will be admitted into this Double Major degree programme at the point of entry to NTU, and declare their two majors at this point.
During this four-year degree programme, undergraduates will read both Art History and English literature, benefiting from the expertise and resources of both the School of Humanities (SoH) and the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM).
For English Literature, students will focus both on traditional historical periods and on contemporary innovative approaches to the subject. Specialisations offered include All the major literary periods, Singaporean and Asian literatures, critical and literary theory, cultural studies, film studies, drama, postmodernism, and gender studies.
The Art History curriculum aims to equip students with a thorough knowledge and critical awareness of the global histories of art, culture and heritage, which will be taught through lectures, seminars and practical projects. Students will be trained in the rigours and methods of researching and writing about art, including specialisations in Global Art History, Asian Art History, Museums, Heritage, Curating and Contemporary Art and Theory. They will also benefit from ADM’s relationship to professional arts spaces such as the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA).
4-Year Direct Honours Programme
This is a four-year direct honours degree programme. If your CGPA is 3.0 and above, your Honours stays with you.


Equal Weightage
Unlike second major, you will receive equal training for both majors.


Degree Scroll
Both majors will be listed on the degree school. You will be recognised for the effort and time spent for the programme


You may apply to change your programme after your first year. You must meet the minimum requirement set for your admit year and the acceptance of the new selected programme.

For GCE 'A' level certificate holders:
• NTU General Admission Requirements

• A good grade in General Paper/Knowledge & Inquiry/H1 or H2 Level Humanities subject

For International Baccalaureate Diploma holders:
• NTU General Admission Requirements

• A good grade in English at Standard Level

For NUS High School Diploma holders:
• NTU General Admission Requirements

• Good Overall CAP in English Language

For International Students & Students with other qualifications:
• NTU General Admission Requirements
• A good grade in General Paper/English at Senior High School Level

Successful Polytechnic applicants will be exempted certain courses that will be confirmed before the start of their first semester.
A 4-year direct honours programme.  The core courses equip students with a firm foundation in their two Majors. Students can then choose from a range of prescribed electives in their interests.

To graduate, students must complete two (2) categories of requirement, totalling at least 138 Academic Units (AUs): 

*Students who are eligible to do the FYP will be strongly encouraged to do an inter-major FYP.  Students whose GPAs fall in a certain range can choose whether or not to do the FYP. Students who do not do the FYP must clear 8 AUs of PEs (two 4000-level courses, one from each discipline) within the double major

Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core Courses (ICC):

ICC Curriculum

Broadening and Deepening Electives (BDE):

BDE Curriculum

I. English Literature Curriculum​

Core [12 AUs]
HL1001 Introduction to Literature
HL1002 Survey of English Literature I
HL1003 Survey of English Literature II
HL1005 Introduction to Singapore Literature

Major Prescribed Electives [26 AUs]

Choose at least TWO from Category A (including at least one of the following: HL2001, HL2002, HL2003, HL2004). Choose ONE each from Categories B, C, and D and the remaining AUs from any category. (At least THREE courses must be of HL4xxx.)

Note to English Literature Double Majors:
For the remaining 2 courses not specified in the Category requirements, besides courses from Cat A to D, you can choose the following uncategorised courses to count towards your Major Prescribed Electives:

  • HL1006 Introduction to American Literature
  • HL2024 Approaches to Literature 

Category A: Period Studies (Choose at least two electives)
HL2001 Medieval Literature 
HL2002 Renaissance Literature
HL2003 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature
HL2004 Sensibility and Romanticism
HL2005 Victorian Literature
HL2006 Modernism
HL2027 Early American Literature 
HL2028 Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture
HL2029 American Modernism 
HL2030 Post 1945 American Literature and Culture 
HL4015 Advanced Studies in Medieval Literature  
HL4016 Advanced Studies in Renaissance Literature 
HL4017 Advanced Studies in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature 
HL4018 Advanced Studies in Romanticism 
HL4019 Advanced Studies in Victorian Literature 
HL4020 Advanced Studies in Modernist Literature 
HL4023 Advanced Studies in Twentieth-Century American Literature 
HL4043 Postmodernism

Category B: World Literatures (Choose at least one elective)
HL2008 Singapore Literature and Culture
HL2012 Asian-American Literature 
HL2022 South Asian Literature 
HL2032 African Literature 
HL2033 Irish Writing: Romanticism to Modernism
HL2041 Asian Historical Fiction 
HL3007 Postcolonial Literature
HL3010 European Literature
HL3014 Latin American Literature
HL3034 Irish Writing: Modernism to the Contemporary
HL3041 Global Cities in World Literature
HL3042 Gothic Literature
HL4030 Scottish Literature
HL4031 Comparative Literature
HL4034 British Asian Literature
HL4038 Advanced Studies in Postcolonial Literature
Category C: Theory, Culture, and Film (Choose at least one elective)
HL2026 Reading Drama  
HL3002 Film, Politics and Ethics
HL3004 World Cinema 
HL3006 Modern Drama
HL3016 Gender and Sexuality Studies
HL3037 The Environment and Cultural Production 
HL3040 Gender and Diversity
HL4005 Literary Criticism 
HL4008 Postcolonial Studies
HL4010 Feminist Studies       
HL4012 Advanced Studies in Drama  
HL4042 Being Human in Film and Literature 
HL4044 The Literary History of Virtual Reality 

Category D: Special Interest Areas (Choose at least one elective)
HI3001 1984:Past, Present, Prophecy
HI3002 Opera and Literature
HL2020 Creative Writing Workshop
HL2021 Literature of Empire
HL2036 Virgins and Vixens
HL2040 Adapting Greek Mythology
HL2042 Children's Literature
HL2043 Fantasy Literature ​
HL2090 Special Topic in Literature I
HL3011 Science Fiction: Origins to Parody
HL3012 The Discourse of Love 
HL3017 The Rise of the Novel 
HL3024 Contemporary Women’s Writing
HL3030 Major Author Study: Shakespeare 
HL3039 Major Author Study: Samuel Beckett
HL3043 Modernist Soundscapes 
HL3044 The Legends of King Arthur
HL3090 Special Topic in Literature III 
HL4013 Advanced Studies in Literature & Culture 
HL4028 Science and Literature 
HL4033 Major Author Study: James Joyce
HL4036 Literature and Medicine
HL4037 Writing the Self
HL4039 Advanced Studies in Children's Literature 
HL4090 Special Topic in Literature III 

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II. Art History Curriculum​

Core [12 AUs]
DD1003 Introduction to Histories of Art I: Western Art History
DD1004 Introduction to the Histories of Art II: Asian Art History 
HR1001 Ways of Seeing: Exploring Visual Culture 
HR2001 Introduction to the Histories of Southeast Asian Art 

Major Prescribed Electives [26 AUs]

Students must take ONE elective each from Categories A to D (4 Electives) and then are free to choose the remainder Electives from any category depending on areas they wish to specialise in.

Category A: Global Art Histories (Choose at least one elective)
DD3016 History of Design 
DF2009 History of World Cinema 
DP2002 History of Photography 
DT2007 History and Culture of Animation, VFX and Game 
HR2003 The Art and Architecture of the 'Long Century' 1789 – 1914 
HR2004 Survey of Modern Art, 1900-1945 
HR2008 Faith and Art 
HR3003 From Modern to Post Modern Art 1945 – 1985
HR3004 Art In the Age of Colonialism
HR3008 Aesthetic Manifestations of Buddhist Devotion & Practice 
HH1025 World Archaeology 
HH2125 The World in 12 Objects 
HH4003 The Silk Road: Old and New 
HH4125 Colonial Archaeology of Southeast Asia

Category B: Contemporary Art & Theory (Choose at least one elective)

DD3012 Research Methods in Art & Design
DF2002 Survey of Experimental Filmmaking
DF2006 Ethnographic Film
HR2002 Issues in Art History and Theory
HR2005 Survey of New Media
HR3001 Cities, Bodies, Memories: Art and Everyday Life in Contemporary Singapore
HR3002 Issues in Global Contemporary Art
HH3001 Historiography: Theory and Methods
HH4021 Public and Applied History

Category C: Curating, Heritage & Museums (Choose at least one elective)
DA2004 Exhibition Design
DD2013 Visualization of Cultural Heritage
DD3027 Maritime Silk Roads: Heritage and Media 
HR2009 Contemporary Curating 
HR2010 Introduction to Museum Studies 
HR4001 Exhibition Histories: Museums to Biennales
HH1125 History and Archaeology: An Introduction
HH4005 Culture and Heritage: Perspectives from History 

Category D: Asian Art Histories (Choose at least one elective)
HR2006 Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art
HR2007 Contemporary South-East Asian Art
HR3006 The Modern and Modernism in Southeast Asian Art
HR3007 Japanese Art: Edo to Contemporary
HR4003 From Colonialism to Tourism: Early Photography in Asia
HH2025 The World of Southeast Asia to 1600
HH2030 Ascetics and Aesthetics of Medieval Japan

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III. Inter-Major Prescribed Electives

Students must clear at least 8 AUs from the Inter-Major Prescribed Electives listed below. 
(Note: Courses listed as Inter-Major PEs can be counted as Major PEs except for DF2005, HH3001, HH4015 & HY4007)

Inter-Major PE offerings from School of Humanities:
HL2007 Contemporary Literature and Culture (Cat A)
HL2009 Southeast Asian Literature and Culture (Cat B)
HL2015 War in Literature and Film (Cat D)
HL2044 Introduction to Publishing (Cat D)
HL2045 Workshop in Theatre Practice (Cat C)
HL3001 Film Theory (Cat C)
HL3003 Film and Literature (Cat C)
HL3036 History of the Book (Cat D)
HL3038 Theatre of the Absurd (Cat C)
HL3043 Modernist Soundscapes (Cat D)
HL3044 The Legends of King Arthur (Cat D)
HL4009 Popular Literature and Culture (Cat C)
HL4014 Advanced Studies in Film (Cat C)
HL4024 Advanced Studies in Contemporary Literature (Cat A)
HL4040 Literature and Art (Cat D)
HL4041 Studies in Art Criticism and Culture (Cat D)
HH3001 Historiography: Theory and Methods
HH4015 Film: A Global History
HY4007 Aesthetics 

Inter-Major PE offerings from Art History:
HR4002 British Art: 1815 – 1929 (Cat A) - 4 AUs
HR3005 The Fantastic in Western Visual Arts (Cat A)
DF2005 Writing for Film


Graduates will develop key transferable skills highly prized by employers, which include visual and critical awareness, Careers in museums, art galleries and auction houses as curators or managers in conserving, valuing or auctioning works of art, antiques and other collectibles are common.

Other careers include arts administrator, archivist, museum education officer, picture editor or researcher, journalist, teacher or lecturer and exhibition or events organiser.

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